Luminous images accompanied by newspaper extracts dating back to the early 1800s and words by Ngiyampaa Elder Peter Williams explore the ongoing mystery of yahoo encounters.
'He was surprised to observe a hairy human form, about seven feet in height, walking in the bush.' Queanbeyan Age, 24 August 1886
Throughout the first century or so of Australian settlement by Europeans, the pages of colonial newspapers were haunted by reports of a bewildering phenomenon: the mysterious yahoo or hairy man ...
But what was it?
Yahoo Creek breathes life into this little-known piece of Australian history - which, by many accounts, is a history still in the making.
'These stories are not my stories or your stories, they're our stories.' Peter Williams, Ngiyampaa Elder
Tohby Riddle is a multi-award-winning creator of picture books and illustrated books that have been published in many languages throughout the world. Recent titles include Unforgotten and The Greatest Gatsby: a visual book of grammar. He has also written a novel; was the cartoonist for ten years at Good Weekend (the Saturday magazine of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne's Age); and is a former editor of the The School Magazine, a literary magazine for children published by the NSW Department of Education. Tohby is based in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba in Australia.
Shortlisted Speech Pathology Award, Eight to Ten Years 2019 AU
A & U Children
7 - 11